How much should I budget to live stream my wedding?
Let’s first put this into perspective. If you google the average cost of a wedding in the US, the numbers vary by state but as this article suggests, those rates can range anywhere from about $150 to $275 per person. Now if 10 people cannot make your Wedding in New York, that’s not to say that you should go out and spend $2750 on live streaming so those guests can watch from home. However, sometimes asking the right questions and budgeting a little bit more for your Live Stream will go a long way towards creating an experience for your viewers at home that is align with the wonderfully rich guest experience of those who are actually able to attend in person.
You’ll find that in this post-pandemic world we live in, many Wedding Videographers are now offering live streaming as on option. That’s a huge change from even just one year ago. Free is always an option as many of us have cell phones capable of live streaming right in our pockets. But we’ve discussed several reasons why using a cell phone or webcam is actually a bad idea specifically when it comes to live streaming something as important as a wedding.
Just as rates for a good wedding photographer will vary, the rates for finding a reputable and experienced live streaming company will vary too. They can go anywhere from just $50 for an app or more of a DIY approach, to $400-$800 for companies usually just starting out in the live stream world, all the way up to $2500 or more for companies who may have several years of experience live streaming weddings.
Top 3 Features
The three most important factors when creating an awesome experience for your remote guests are:
- Multiple Cameras vs One Camera. Multiple cameras create a FAR more engaging experience. See the bride come down the aisle AND the groom's reaction. Plus cutting to close-ups throughout keeps the experience intimate and allows the viewers to connect more emotionally.
- Professional Audio. Having a DIRECT feed from the sound mixer or mic setup is essential in keeping your guests attention from start to finish. Your guests will stay connected as long as the audio is loud and clear!
- Consistent and Reliable Internet Connectivity to eliminate buffering and keep the QUALITY consistently high. We ALWAYS recommend a ethernet connection vs. a wireless one whenever possible.
Top 10 Questions
If you know what to look for and what questions to ask when looking to hire someone for live streaming your wedding, then you’ll know when you’ve found the perfect fit for your wedding and your budget. Click HERE for the Top 10 Questions to ask in your search for a great videography team to live stream your wedding!
Wedding Live Stream Pricing Starts at $1500
While you might find companies offering live stream for less, if reliability is important to you, then you won't find a better live stream company for weddings than All Because He Asked. Their experience and support are second to none. And they're family owned and operated so each couple is treated with great care. They're a husband-wife Wedding Videography and Photography Company based in Southern California and they've won the "Best of The Knot" award 9 years in a row! They're widely considered the Top Live Streaming Wedding Company on the West Coast.
What makes them the #1 Rated Wedding Team for Live Streams?
All Because He Asked has filmed over 400 weddings and have been streaming weddings all over the US since 2011! Was there even internet back then? (yes, there was). They use gear that news stations use to broadcast live so they can stream from areas where most companies would struggle to get a network connection. Their live stream packages are packed with great options like drone intros and multi-camera setups as well as interactive options to keep your guests engaged. Above all else, they are reliable. And that's HUGE when it comes to streaming something as important as a wedding live. The peace of mind you get with an experienced company will allow you to relax and enjoy your wedding day knowing your videography team is going to make you look and sound great for all your remote guests.
Peace of Mind = Invaluable
With multi-camera packages starting at just $1800, not only do you get 10 years of live streaming experience, you also get a company that uses multiple high end cameras to capture every moment using only the latest Network Bonding technology that live news companies use (ability to COMBINE multiple hotspots, plus Wi-Fi, plus Ethernet into one STRONG signal) to ensure your live stream will look and sound good no matter where your Ceremony is held. They also provide unparalleled support by going out to the venue in person prior to the event and running a full live stream test when necessary. We recommend that you ask your local vendors if they’ll be open to running a speed test at your venue ahead of time as well. Peace of mind is invaluable. And if they say they don’t need to run a test, unless they’ve live streamed at your venue before, then chances are they’re inexperienced because anyone that live streams regularly knows that without a good internet connection, your live stream could run into a lot of issues. Speed tests are simple too! You can test any cell network while standing at your Ceremony site, PLUS if the venue has high speed internet, just connect to the router directly via ethernet or stand right next to it and connect via wifi and google "speed test" and click the blue button. Done! The UPLOAD speeds are most important for streaming and you're hoping for speeds ideally greater than 4-6Mbps for HD quality streams.
Do we REALLY need to spend $1500 or more to live stream?
As mentioned above, because of Covid, there are many more companies now offering live streaming services. Some of them will be better than others so be sure to ask the right questions and you might find a really great option in your area for less. But be careful, because as they say "sometimes you get what pay for". All Because He Asked is just one example that exemplifies what it means to be "experienced and reliable". More expensive doesn't always mean "better". There are companies that charge $2500-$3000 or more with 1/10th the experience. Just remember, when it comes to live streaming weddings, Experience DOES Matter. Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event. There are many obstacles Wedding Videographers will inevitably face when live streaming a wedding (lighting, sound, internet to name a few) which is why sometimes it’s better to not go cheap if you care at all about your guest’s "viewing experience". The money you save by having guests attend remotely can go a long way towards creating a virtual experience that your guests will never forget.